View larger image
BMandAG Picture Library has been unable to contact the copyright owner in this work, any information will be gratefully received.
Click on each image below to view at full size:
|Collection:||Coins & Medals|
|Date:||1929 - 1929|
|Manufacturer:||Mint, Birmingham Ltd (Ralph Heaton & Sons) - View history|
The island of Lundy, meaning 'puffin' in Scandinavian, was bought by Mr. Martin Coles Harman in the early part of the twentieth century. A London financier, Mr. Harman decided to issue his own copper coinage of two denominations: the 'Puffin' and 'Half Puffin' manufactured by the Mint, Birmingham (Ralph Heaton & Sons). The few inhabitants of Lundy Island, all employees of Mr Harman, were paid in Puffins and used them to purchase beer and groceries.
Mr. Harman found himself prosecuted under the Coinage Act of 1870, fined £5, and was forced to discontinue the series after only a brief circulation.